Residential peak demand questions
I’m sure most of us have read Dana Dorsett’s comments on residential peak demand based pricing that is gaining interest from utilities across North America. Those comments always come up in other members comments so while I feel like I have several comments and questions I try not to derail another persons thread too much. I was hoping to start a thread about that subject so I could ask those questions.
My first question is easy to ask, probably not so easy to answer. How much should we home owners be paying attention to our peak demand? Not just from a potential pricing/billing standpoint, but from a green standpoint? I figure that if utilities are paying large enough amounts of money to mitigate those peaks that they’re looking for ways to move that cost to the customer, than they’re likely using more expensive plants to generate that power. And those more expensive plants likely spew out more pollution…? So, basically, should we be expending time and/or money to reduce our peak loads in an effort to make the grid more green?
I have several possible methods in mind that may or may not be beneficial, but I’ll leave that for after I read any replies this might get.
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